Daily Devotional – 10/1/15 “Withdrawals are part of the process!”

I can assume, if you went to spiritual rehab on yesterday that you probably woke up this morning experiencing withdrawals. Yea, you’re probably second guessing your choice; wondering if you’ve made the right decision. There’s probably a few folk around you saying, “If I was you, I wouldn’t go, ain’t nothing wrong with you.” You are probably starting to feel the effects of not having your drug of choice in your system by now and you’re really on edge. You haven’t heard from him or her because you have them on block and you’re tempted, don’t do it! You haven’t smoked that blunt, you haven’t hit that pipe, you haven’t tasted that alcohol running down your throat, you haven’t cursed anybody out, you haven’t put your hands on her/him, you haven’t slept with them, you haven’t talked about nobody or you haven’t tainted nobody’s spirit; keep it that way! Oh, you do know our addictions can be anything, right? And now you’re going through withdrawals but stay in rehab, don’t leave! Yes, the enemy may be standing outside your room with the promise to give you what you need, he’s tapping on your window beckoning you to come out, he’s in range of your ear, walking around your bed, camped out by your car or sending messages through so-called friends but stay in rehab. Haven’t you figured out yet the enemy is charging you for everything he gives yet you have an opportunity to get clean and it’s free?

Beloved; the withdrawals you’re having, they’ll go away but you need to go through it because it’s cleaning out all of that mess which was once attached to your spirit. I know it doesn’t feel good and you probably look a mess, spiritually but where you see it as withdrawal; I see it as God washing out the weakness and wiping your wounds. How else can God show you your worthiness? How else can you see that you are wonderfully made? How else will you recognize the magnitude of your witness and worship? Baby, unless you stay in rehab and experience your withdrawal, you’ll never fully grasp the severity of your purpose. What are your symptoms? Well, withdrawal may cause some shaking in your spirit, it may cause you to not be able to remain still, some shouting out, uncontrollable movements with your hands and feet, it may even cause tears to flow but it’s all part of the process. Stay in rehab! How long will you be there? It’s on a case by case basis but you’ll know when you’re clean because nothing will look or taste the same as it did before!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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